Ask Me Another

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TV On The Radio

Sep 23, 2015

J.D. from Scrubs is hanging out the passenger side of Turk's ride, much like the scenario described in TLC's song "Scrubs." For this game, Jonathan Coulton plays songs whose song titles include the title of a TV program, with the lyrics rewritten to be about the show.

Heard in Sonia Manzano: These Are The Muppets In Your Neighborhood

Musicals Without The Music

Sep 9, 2015

VIP Sutton Foster and her husband, screenwriter Ted Griffin, know a lot about musicals. And movies. So naturally, we pitted this entertainment power couple against each other in a game about movie musicals that have won Academy Awards.

Heard in Sutton Foster: Really, Anything Goes

Initial Impressions

Sep 9, 2015

Lots of famous people abbreviate their first name to one initial. In this game, we'll ask you about some of them, and give you hints by imagining that their first initial is related to their chosen profession. Which legendary FBI director's first initial might stand for "justice"?

Heard in Sutton Foster: Really, Anything Goes

License To ILL

Sep 9, 2015

This final round is totally sick--in a good way! Every answer contains the letters "I-L-L" in consecutive order. It's the only time you'll see Camilla Parker Bowles next to a George Foreman Grill.

Heard in Sutton Foster: Really, Anything Goes

On The Double

Aug 26, 2015

We double dare you to try your hand at this final round-- every answer contains the word "double."

Heard in Uzo Aduba: Sister Versus Sister

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Cooking The Books

Aug 26, 2015

Not all cookbooks are actually about food. Play along and mash up the titles of famous books with various delicacies. Who could forget Truman Capote's classic novel, In Cold Blood Sausage?

Heard in Uzo Aduba: Sister Versus Sister

Sister Versus Sister

Aug 26, 2015

Uzo Aduba and her sister Chioma revisit their childhoods with a game about '80s TV show theme songs. The winner gets to watch TV after dinner!

Heard in Uzo Aduba: Sister Versus Sister

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One Vowel At A Time

Aug 20, 2015

Can we buy some vowels, please? In this final round, each answer contains each of the five vowels-- a, e, i, o, u-- exactly once. You don't need no education to ace this one!

Heard in Sir Patrick Stewart: Brush Up Your Shakespeare

Brush Up Your Shakespeare

Aug 20, 2015

For his VIP game, Sir Patrick Stewart is quizzed on the meanings of Shakespearean insults.

Heard in Sir Patrick Stewart: Brush Up Your Shakespeare

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Spoiled It Through The Grapevine

Aug 20, 2015

Honey, honey, yeah! We've rewritten Heard It Through The Grapevine to be about famous film endings that you've probably heard about through the grapevine. No spoiler alerts necessary.

Heard in Sir Patrick Stewart: Brush Up Your Shakespeare

Pack Your Bags

Aug 12, 2015

In this hour, Ask Me Another gets in the car for a road trips favorites edition. Build the ultimate road trip playlist with a game about songs of summers past, featuring guest musician Nellie McKay. Then choose your whip in a game about notable fictional rides.

Heard in Road Tripping: Favorites Edition

On The Road

Aug 12, 2015

Who needs a map when you can put your geography skills to the test with some terrestrial-themed trivia? Then sing along with Jonathan Coulton as he takes a turn with a John Mayer classic.

Heard in Road Tripping: Favorites Edition

Stuck in the Backseat

Aug 12, 2015

Are we there yet? Wrap up with a set of games that'll get you through those final hours of a cross-country drive. Plus, indie band Lake Street Dive reveals how they pass the time on the tour bus.

Heard in Road Tripping: Favorites Edition

Why You Buggin'?

Jul 30, 2015

It's summertime, and you know what that means: lots of time outside, and lots of bug bites to go with it. Grab your DEET-free bug spray for this final round — every answer here is an insect, arthropod, or arachnid.

Heard in Wet Hot American Summer: Batteries Not Included

First Day Of Camp

Jul 30, 2015

Candy Crush

Jul 30, 2015

Sweet, dude. Celebrities get the sugar rush-treatment in this mashup game that combines your favorite candies with well-known people. Which rap & rock star shouts "Bawitdaba!" as he battles the tart, acidic flavor of his favorite chewy candy?

Heard in Wet Hot American Summer: Batteries Not Included

Yo Yo Yo!

Jul 30, 2015

Put on your best New York accent and get ready to shout along with this game — all the answers begin with the letters Y-O. Because, you know, YOLO.

Heard in Wet Hot American Summer: Batteries Not Included

True or false — Ho Chi Minh invented Boston Cream Pie? Ophira Eisenberg and Jonathan Coulton find out.

Heard in Curtis Sittenfeld: Fifty Shades of Jane

Show Me First

Jul 23, 2015

In this final round, it's not all about you--in fact, it's all about "M-E." In honor of our visit to the Show Me State, every answer begins with these two letters. What's a three-letter slang word used to express a lack of interest or enthusiasm?

Heard in Curtis Sittenfeld: Fifty Shades of Jane

Curtis Sittenfeld: Fifty Shades Of Jane

Jul 23, 2015

Author and St. Louis resident Curtis Sittenfeld is best known for her first novel Prep, which was published when she was only 29. Ten years later, Sittenfeld thinks the novel still holds up. "There's plenty of horrible things I've written before and since, but I stand by Prep. If I hadn't written it, I'd still enjoy reading it," Sittenfeld told host Ophira Eisenberg on the stage of the Pageant in St. Louis.

According to Jim (Gaffigan)

Jul 9, 2015

In his new TV Land show The Jim Gaffigan Show, Gaffigan plays a version of himself. That is, he plays a stand-up comedian raising five kids in a small two bedroom New York City apartment. But how autobiographical is it actually? "I'm better looking in real life," Gaffigan told Ophira Eisenberg on stage at The Bell House in Brooklyn. Joining him was his wife Jeannie, who is also a writer and executive producer on the show.

"We do have five kids," Jeannie Gaffigan said. "And we do live in Manhattan, and we definitely did the two bedroom apartment [with them]."

Spell My Name

Jul 9, 2015

G-L-O-R-I-A! Gloria! You know that Van Morrison song-- we've improved it by rewriting the lyrics to describe other women, real and fictional, whose first names have six letters and end in "i-a." Warm up your vocal cords and croon along!

Heard in Jim Gaffigan: The Dad Bod Diet

Forget This Mother Father Game

Jul 9, 2015

Oh, bleep! When R-rated movies go to network TV, some of their saltiest language is dubbed out in favor of less impassioned — and more hilarious --alternatives. Can you identify the famous film by its redubbed iconic line? "Pardon my French, but you're an aardvark!"

Heard in Jim Gaffigan: The Dad Bod Diet

Tasty Sayings

Jul 9, 2015

Everyone loves food, so naturally, many English idioms involve edible delicacies. We've put a literal spin on some of these yummy sayings — what's "a lazy tuber sprouting on the upholstered piece of furniture intended to seat multiple people"?

Heard in Jim Gaffigan: The Dad Bod Diet

I Want My Puzzle Back

Jul 1, 2015

Even if you've never set foot in a Chili's, you know their classic jingle. In this game, contestants are given clues to three-syllable things that rhyme with "back." Could you go for some Kraft microwavable elbow-shaped noodles in cheese sauce? "I want my Easy Mac, Easy Mac, Easy Mac."

Heard in Results May Vary

Celebrity Foods

Jul 1, 2015

In this punny round, contestants are described famous people who have food as part or all of their last names. For example: "Wesley Crusher had to leave when the Enterprise went gluten-free and no one would stand by this actor." Answer: Wil Wheaton.

Heard in Results May Vary

Don't Be So Literal

Jul 1, 2015

We describe film titles literally, like the 1999 film Richard III, Louis XIV and Tutankhamen, aka Three Kings.

Heard in Results May Vary

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Melted

Jun 11, 2015

In this final round, contestants must guess the correct movie titles upon hearing their opposite wording. For example: 'Melted' would be the opposite of the movie Frozen.

Heard in They Might Be Wrong, Wrong, Wrong

Fields Of This

Jun 11, 2015

They Might Be Giants join Jonathan Coulton in ruining the Sting song 'Fields of Gold' by singing about other elements on the periodic table.

Heard in They Might Be Wrong, Wrong, Wrong

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Goodfellas

Jun 11, 2015

All the answers are real people who, although they were never in the Mob, could be considered "good fellas" because they have the word "Good" in their name.

Heard in They Might Be Wrong, Wrong, Wrong

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